MPS 2018.1 Help

Run/Debug Configuration: Remote

Use this dialog to create a debug configuration to be used for remote debugging processes (e.g. applications, servlets, plugin applets). Remote debugging enables you to connect to a running JVM.

The dialog box consists of the following tabs:

Click here for the description of the options that are common for all run/debug configurations.

Configuration tab

Command line arguments for running remote JVMThese read-only fields show the command-line arguments to be used for running a remote JVM. MPS suggests two arguments, depending on the JDK version used.
Transport: SocketIf the Socket transport is selected, specify host where the remote process is running and to which the debugger will connect. Specify also the port on remote host to which the debugger should connect.
Transport: Shared MemoryHaving selected Shared memory transport, specify the shared memory address in the text field. This kind of transport is available for Windows only.
Debugger mode: AttachSelect this radio button is you want the debugger to connect to a running remote JVM.
Debugger mode: ListenSelect this radio button is you want the debugger to run as a server for remote JVM's which will connect to it to perform debugging. In this case the Host field will be disabled (if the Socket transport is selected). The Port value is considered as a port at which the debugger-"server" will listen to connections from the debugger-"clients".


add N/A Click this button to add a new configuration to the list.
delete N/A Click this button to remove the selected configuration from the list.
copy icon N/A Click this button to create a copy of the selected configuration.
settings Edit defaultsClick this button to edit the default configuration templates. The defaults are used for newly created configurations.
arrowUp or arrowDown N/A or N/A Use these buttons to move the selected configuration or folder up and down in the list.

The order of configurations or folders in the list defines the order in which configurations appear in the Run/Debug drop-down list on the main toolbar.

sortAlphabetically Sort configurations Click this button to sort configurations in alphabetical order.

Common options

NameIn this text box, specify the name of the current run/debug configuration. This field does not appear for the default run/debug configurations.
Defaults This node in the left-hand pane of the dialog box contains the default run/debug configuration settings. Select the desired configuration to change its default settings in the right-hand pane. The defaults are applied to all newly created run/debug configurations.
Share Select this check box to make the run/debug configuration available to other team members.

The shared run/debug configurations are kept in separate xml files under .idea\runConfigurations folder, while the local run/debug configurations are kept in the .idea\workspace.xml.

This check box is not available when editing the run/debug configuration defaults.

Single instance onlyIf this check box is selected, this run/debug configuration cannot be launched more than once.

Every time a new run/debug configuration is launched, MPS checks the presence of the other instances of the same run/debug configuration, and displays a confirmation dialog box. If you click OK in the confirmation dialog box, the first instance of the runner will be stopped, and the next one will take its place.

This makes sense when the usage of certain resources can cause conflicts, or when launching two run/debug configurations of the same type consumes too much of the CPU and memory resources.

If this check box is not selected, it is possible to launch as many instances of the runner as required. So doing, each runner will start in its own tab of the Run tool window.

Before launchSpecify which tasks must be performed before applying the run/debug configuration. The specified tasks are performed in the order they appear in the list.
ItemKeyboard shortcutDescription
add N/A Click this icon to add a task to the list. Select the task to be added:
  • Run External tool. Select this option to run an application which is external to MPS. In the dialog that opens, select the application or applications that should be run. If the necessary application is not defined in MPS yet, add its definition.
  • Run Another Configuration. Select this option to have another run/debug configuration executed. In the dialog that opens, select the configuration to run.

    This option is available only if you have already at least one run/debug configuration in the current project.

delete N/A Click this icon to remove the selected task from the list.
edit1 N/A Click this icon to edit the selected task. Make the necessary changes in the dialog that opens.
arrowUp N/A Click this icon to move the selected task one line up in the list.
arrowDown N/A Click this icon to move the selected task one line down in the list.
Show this page Select this check box to have the run/debug configuration settings shown prior to actually starting the run/debug configuration.
Activate tool windowSelect this option if you want the Run/Debug tool windows to be activated automatically when you run/debug your application. This option is enabled by default.
Last modified: 6 August 2018